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Review: Loving Hut Express Food Truck

Jun 14 2012 Published by under restaurant review, vancouver

..I can’t believe I didn’t find out about this sooner! My favorite American vegan chain restaurant has a food truck in Vancouver? Serving up vegan burgers and sandwiches? When the chain in the states serves up Chinese food?! Unbelievable. Right outside the Roundhouse Community Center in Yaletown, Loving Hut Express is making some delicious eats, including a Gluten-Free burger. I decided to take my mom here to try it with me, and celebrate a beautiful sunny autumn day.

 

 

I ordered the Crispy Gardein Chick’n Burger (left) , with battered zucchini sticks on the side, and my mom ordered (and I ate a bunch of) the Healthy Grill Sandwich (right). The burger was fantastic. A bit messy, but with a heaping helping of chipotle mayo on it, it was bound to be slippery! The load of ripe avocado slices didn’t help either, but I hope you can tell I was far from disappointed.

I loved the sandwich as well, and I’d honestly probably order that again before the burger. The “chick’n” was moist, and the spinach gave it tons of flavour. Not too dry, and not too messy with red onion, avocado, spinach and tomato, this was a great sandwich.

I love this place, and you bet I’ll be back soon. If it isn’t for the food, it’s to see the amazing chef outfits the cooks have on in this epic yellow vegan food truck.

Check them out at: www.lovinghutvancouver.ca

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Review: The Naam

Jun 14 2012 Published by under restaurant review, vancouver

When my friend from Boston came, I really wanted to take her to veg places I had never been as well, acting as a vegan tourist in my own city. There are so many great places in parts of the city I don’t usually hang out in, so I thought this was an great opportunity to head out there and grab some delicious vegan grub.
It was late and cold, so what better place to get some veg food than at the Naam restaurant. I’ve spoken to both Leila and Glen, the owners, before, and I figured if the restaurant was even a half as fabulous as they are, then it must be fantastic.

Located in the prestigious Kitsilano area of Vancouver, BC, the Naam is the oldest vegetarian restaurant in the city, with an expected number of people lined up outside every night.

I’ve been meaning to go here for awhile, so I was glad that when we were hanging out at Calhoun’s (a 24 hours cafe one street over), that I thought of the idea to head over to the Naam for dinner. Looking at the menu online makes me drool.

After waiting in the line for less than 20 minutes, my friend and I got a great spot by the window. I
already had looked at the menu prior so I knew what I wanted to order. The waitress and hostess was super nice, and although extremely loud, the Naam has a great atmosphere.

For an appetizer, my friend and I attempted to order a vegan poutine. And although an interesting take, it wasn’t the traditional poutine I was hoping for. Soft potato wedges with melted mozza daiya, with a side of the signature miso gravy. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the gravy, but I’m always a fan of daiya.

I was in the mood for some kind of ramen, so I ordered the Asian Noodle Bowl. Packed with deep fried tofu, bean sprouts, mushrooms, red pepper, broccoli, and ramen noodles, the dish was everything I was hoping it to be. Filling, flavourful, and not at all too salty. I have this horrible habit of often ordering the worst thing on a great menu, but this was definitely not the case. A 5 out of 5 for the Noodle Bowl.
The menu stretches far beyond though, with everything from Burritos and burgers, to shakes and cakes, everything containing egg and dairy is clearing marked, and practically everything can be made vegan.

[EDIT: I've also been back there since my friend and I had their cashew stir-fry, with extra beansprouts instead of rice, and it once again was delicious. Not too oily or overpowered by the dressing.]

Their signature dessert is their apple pie… so I wasn’t going to leave without trying it. Although stuffed, it was totally worth it to get the pie. Warm and crunchy with full almonds and a side of coconut ice-cream, this apple pie is a magnificent treasure served in an un-traditional fashion – baked in it’s own mini casserole dish.

Oh. Did I mention they’re open 24 hours? Yea. This succulent menu is available even at 2 in the morning.
I love the Naam, and can’t wait to go there once again. A Vancouver Vegan MUST.

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